AnnaLynne McCord Reveals She Was Diagnosed With Multiple Personality Disorder
AnnaLynne McCord has revealed that she was recently diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder.
The 90210 star sat down with Dr. Daniel Amen to discuss her disorder. “I am absolutely uninterested in shame,” she said. “There is nothing about my journey that I invite shame into anymore. And that’s how we get to the point where we can articulate the nature of these pervasive traumas and stuff, as horrible as they are.”
McCord, who confirmed that she was diagnosed with DID prior to the interview, stated that her acting roles were what brought her diagnosis to her attention. “All my roles were splits but I didn’t even realize I was doing it at all until I did a project, 90210.”
Although she didn’t realize that something was off until she filmed Excision in 2012. “I played a very cerebral, disturbed, strange little girl that was very close to who I feel I am on the inside,” she revealed. “It was very exposing, very confronting, probably a bit re-traumatizing with our realizing it.”
“The crazy thing about it was that I wrapped that film at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday and has to be happy, crazy Beverly Hills blonde bombshell on Wednesday at noon,” she added. “I couldn’t find her, she was not accessible. I was dark, I was very deep into this character Pauline and I couldn’t get [out].”
McCord also spoke of a time of being “co-conscious” of her true identity and another personality when when she was 13 called “little Anna.”
“She was a balls to the wall, middle fingers to the sky, anarchist from hell who will stab you with a spike ring that she wears and you’ll like it. Then she’ll make you lick blood from it,” she recalled. “She was a nasty little creature but I have so much gratitude to her because she got me out of the hell that I was in.”
In 2014, the actress admitted that she was raped shortly after she moved to LA. The trauma from that experience led her to face the physical abuse she received from her parents as a child. After she had an eye movement desensitization and reprocessing procedure done in 2018, she remembered that she was also sexually abused as a child.
“It went on for years. Up until I was 11. And then I have a memory, just a singled-out incident, that felt like I was a little bit older than 11,” McCord said. “I had this burning , painful, horrible sensation in my groin area. My whole body started seizing, convulsing. I just laid there and tears streamed down my face. I just kept saying, ‘No, no.’ because this is not my life.”